On these cold winter days, we need something to perk us up. Put a spring in our step. For me, that is lemons.

The first time JF and I met, we had lemon poppyseed muffins. He commented how those were his favorite, and so, they always remind me of that day. πŸ˜€

This recipe has been in my box at least four years. Four years! I had written it down out of a cookbook called Luscious Lemon Desserts. I totally lurrrve lemon!! I saw another popular lemon muffin recipe online, but using just one little lemon… it definitely did not have enough intense lemon punch for me. Lemon flavoring? No way. I did change a few things from the original; less butter, less poppyseed (I like a lot of poppyseed, but wasn’t brave enough to add the whole 3 Tablespoons the recipe called for), cake flour and whole wheat pastry flour, and the addition of ginger, which I think subtly enhances the lemony-ness. Feel free to leave it out if that aint your thing.

  • 1c cake flour
  • 3/4c whole wheat pastry flour (or you can use all purpose flour in total of 1 +3/4c)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 Tbs poppyseeds
  • zest of 2-3 lemons
  • 3/4c sugar
  • 4 Tbs (4 ounces) or half stick of butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • juice of 2 l lemons (I got 1/3c) Meyer lemons are great too!
  • 1/2c milk, room temperature or slightly warmed but not hot
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger (optional)(increase for more intense ginger taste)

Preheat oven to 375

Rub together lemon zest and sugar in a bowl, and let it sit while you finish the other tasks. This will infuse the sugar with the lovely lemon aroma.

Line muffin tins with papers or grease them.

Mix or sift together dry ingredients. Stir in poppyseeds.

Beat together the eggs and sugar. Stir in the butter, milk, and lemon juice. Add the flour mix and stir until it just comes together without overmixing. Its okay if there is a little flour not totally incorporated. This will make for very tender muffins. Just to let you know, when I added the dry to wet, it bubbled up quite a bit due to the lemon juice reacting to the baking soda. Thats fine. If you want to wait for it to calm down, it wont affect the final product either! Spoon into the muffin tins.

Bake for 15 minutes or so. It may still look pale on top. You don’t have to let them turn golden because the pale ones are more moist.

Optional Glaze:

I like the glaze for an extra lemon zing, but its good without too!

Just stir together powdered/confectioners sugar with lemon juice till you get a pourable consistency. A good starting point is 1/2c powdered sugar and juice of half a lemon, depending on how much glaze you like.

I’m linking this to Seasonal Sunday.

Comments on: "Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Muffins – a little bite of sunshine" (15)

  1. Muffins look so yummy.. Love the lemon punch..

  2. I really like the idea of adding ginger to these little bites of sunshine πŸ™‚

  3. Wow! These look yummy!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚

  4. Lemon and ginger are two of my faves! I’ll have to try these. Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine! πŸ™‚

  5. Damn pretty and irresistible muffins..

  6. one of my fav flavors and so sweet it has great memories for you

  7. Lemon and ginger – what a lovely combination for muffins! They look soft, moist n so very refreshing!

    US Masala

  8. So soft and fluffy muffins, love to have a bite.

  9. The result looks so moist. We have a Meyer lemon tree in the garden and I can’t wait to try out your recipe!

  10. Muffin looks Superb..great clicks!

  11. Muffins look lovely.. soft, with poppy seeds and lemon flavor.. πŸ™‚ I think I would start eating them while they are still warm :)))

  12. so fluffy and light! the poppy really adds some crunch and flavour- great job!

  13. The combination of lemon, ginger and poppy seeds sounds fantastic! It’s the middle of summer here in Australia, so they’re not exactly seasonal ingredients here at the moment, but I can’t wait to try this πŸ™‚

  14. love the lemon and ginger combo. your muffins sound delicious.
    thanks for sharing.
    hope you’ll have a wonderful day

  15. OH MAN, I absolutely LOVE lemon poppy seed muffins, and these look divine.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe, I will DEF have to try this one.

    Bella πŸ™‚

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